June 21, 2014 |
ParenteBeard , a Philadelphia-based accounting firm that employs nearly 1,000 CPAs and staff at offices across Pennsylvania and in the New York area, Baltimore, and Dallas, has been in merger talks with Baker, Tilly, Virchow, Krause L.L.P. , a Chicago firm that employs 1,500, both firms confirmed Thursday after I called to ask about staff memos detailing the discussions. The proposal would result in ParenteBeard's being merged into the larger firm, under the Chicago firm's name and leadership.
June 6, 2014 |
The City of Chicago is suing two Chester County drug companies that it claims orchestrated a deceptive marketing campaign to hide the dangers of painkillers, contributing to a national opioid-addiction crisis. The marketing tactics used by Malvern-based Endo Health Solutions and Frazer-based Cephalon were so successful that over two decades, opioids went from being rarely used to the most prescribed type of drug, the suit alleges. "Their deceptive messages tainted virtually every source doctors could rely on for information and prevented them from making informed treatment decisions," says the suit, filed Monday in an Illinois state court.
May 16, 2014 |
CHICAGO - By now, the 76ers have an idea of whom they will select with their first pick in the NBA draft on June 26. It's just a matter of hitting the Ping-Pong jackpot in Tuesday's draft lottery to select the desired player. So the omission of former Kansas standouts Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and former Duke star Jabari Parker - the top three prospects - from the NBA draft combine might not be as big as people think. The Sixers have been focused on this draft since they reached an agreement to hire general manager Sam Hinkie on May 10, 2013.
April 11, 2014
THE 2014 Eagles will play two preseason games before fans get to see them at Lincoln Financial Field. The NFL announced preseason schedules yesterday, minus dates and times. The Eagles will kick off 2014 in Chicago, then play at New England. That game is expected to be accompanied by joint Patriots-Eagles practices, as was the case last season, only those were at NovaCare and these will be in Massachusetts. The third week of the preseason, the Eagles host the Steelers before continuing the tradition like no other, a preseason finale against the Jets contested largely by guys who aren't going to make either roster.
April 4, 2014 |
LESS THAN 6 WEEKS ago, on a preseason morning in Arizona, Austin Berry was joking around with teammate Jeff Larentowicz on the way to that day's training session. Berry was readying for his third season as a starting defender for the Chicago Fire. And then he wasn't. "Initially, it was a pretty big shock," he said this week of the Feb. 24 trade to Philadelphia. That shock has worn off, but this weekend surely will bring back some memories for Berry. The Union (1-1-2) heads to the Windy City to play the winless Chicago Fire (0-1-3)
March 19, 2014 |
When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011, he was confronted by what he saw as a dysfunctional and inefficient system for promoting the city. In place - as there is now in Philadelphia - were two marketing agencies, one to bring conventions to Chicago, the other to woo leisure tourists. Emanuel's solution: Merge them. The result: a reduction in overlapping staff and operational expenses that has created $2 million in annual savings. "The mayor's approach was to have a unified brand for Chicago," said David Spielfogel, senior adviser to the mayor, "and use every dollar saved in marketing the city.
February 13, 2014 |
FORT LEE, N.J. - On a day when Gov. Christie's opponents dogged him from this Bergen County borough to Chicago, a small group of protesters gathered Tuesday near the George Washington Bridge, recounting the unusually bad traffic several of them endured when some lanes to the bridge were closed in September. Facing a throng of television cameras on a snow-covered perch overlooking the bridge, where cars and trucks moved at a steady clip during lunch hour, Valerie Howard-Fadul recalled the 51/2 hours she said she spent driving back from a Sept.
January 22, 2014 |
After a review on the play, The Inquirer's call on which is the tallest U.S. building between Manhattan and Chicago stands corrected. Apologies to civic boosters in Atlanta . . . and readers in Philadelphia. Since the first Comcast employees occupied the Comcast Center in 2008, the newspaper has referenced the cable-TV company's headquarters, an A.M. Stern-designed 974-foot skyscraper, as the tallest U.S. building between Manhattan and Chicago. Oops. That would be true - if the United States' southern border ended at South Carolina.
January 9, 2014 |
* CHICAGO P.D. 10 tonight, NBC10. TITLES don't come much more generic than "Chicago P.D.," the new NBC drama from "Law & Order" producer Dick Wolf that spins off tonight from the equally generic-sounding "Chicago Fire" (10 p.m. Tuesdays, NBC10). But Wolf, who built an empire from a formula originally intended to make "Law" and "Order" split easily for half-hour syndication - and who proved, over and over, that no actor is irreplaceable - seems to be allowing his new franchise more latitude.
January 3, 2014 |
Law & Order creator Dick Wolf pretty much owns network crime TV, with a hit-vs.-miss ratio unparalleled by virtually anyone save perhaps Steven Bochco. So, it's all the more conspicuous when he misses, as he does with Chicago PD - a spinoff of sorts from Chicago Fire - which will have its series premiere Wednesday. An unruly, confused piece of TV police work starring Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush, and Elias Koteas, Chicago PD has a high profile among the crop of new and returning cop shows this winter.